Delayed pulmonary thrombectomy via a peripheral approach in the treatment of pulmonary embolism and sequelae

Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1981 Aug;29(4):227-32. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-1023482.


Delayed unilateral pulmonary embolectomy via the peripheral approach has been performed in 12 patients suffering from chronic pulmonary vascular obstruction after a single or repeated embolisms. Arterial hypoxemia and pulmonary hypertension were present in all cases. Embolectomy was performed several months or years after the initial event. There were 2 early and one late death. The surviving patients are doing well clinically and show definite hemodynamic and angiographic improvement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Edema / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Edema / etiology
  • Pulmonary Embolism / complications
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Embolism / surgery*
  • Pulmonary Heart Disease / complications
  • Radiography